2018 Agenda

Smithers Pira and TAPPI are pleased to announce the 2018 Specialty Papers US agenda!

Day 1: October 2

Registration & Welcome

Registration Opens & Exhibit Hall Opens

  1. Registration & Welcome | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Jena Stout, Conference Producer - Smithers Pira & Ben Hopper, Division Operations Manager, TAPPI

Session I: Market Overview and Trends in Specialty Papers

Moderator: Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya

  1. Setting the Scene

    Dr. Graham Moore | Strategic Consultant of Smithers Pira

    Implications for the specialty papers sector

  2. Emerging Trends in Specialty Papers

    Clay Enos | Strategic Consultant of Fisher International

    Specialty Paper is a unique and interesting segment of the paper industry, with trends in   capacity, demand, repurposing and consolidation distinctly different from those of the broader industry.

    Considering segment drivers at both the macro- and micro-economic level, we will examine recent trends in Specialty and address what to expect in the areas of capacity development and the future of M&A.  Additionally, we will discuss the importance of environmental impact, technology and E-commerce in determining who is most likely to be making tomorrow’s specialty products.

Session II: Marketing for Specialty Papers

Moderator: Steve Rosenberg, Sales Director, French Paper  

  1. And Then they Went to Market

    Annabelle Filer | Owner of Tensei

    ·        Defining and communicating a new category

    ·        How to take the old and make it anew.

    ·        Defining your target market and understanding them

    ·        Prioritize marketable attributes by understanding the touch points down the vertical value chain

    ·        overcoming your fears of the unknown, and educating your team

  2. Specialty Paper Markets are a Tangled Web. Don't Get Caught in What You Can't See!

    Dale Schott | President of Flexlink LLC

    Throughout most of the 20th Century, Specialty Paper Manufacturers utilized local distributors and agents to sell their products. At the time, geography and limited communication channels prevented manufacturers from staying “close” to their customers. However, as technology improved, and long-distance travel became easier, most Specialty Paper Manufacturers implemented a direct sales model.

    Today, “Micro Markets” have formed and as a result, Specialty Paper Manufacturers are dealing with a new paradigm. We will walk through these changes and discuss why this paradigm shift often requires topic experts with local knowledge, unique distribution capabilities and the resources to communicate with customers at a micro-level. We will also use examples to demonstrate how independent specialty paper distributors are creating value for Specialty Paper Manufacturers. Finally, we will identify specific characteristics that Specialty Paper Manufacturers should look for to determine whether independent distributors and help them decide which ones they should work with.
    Case Studies: Metal Interleaving Paper Micro-Market & How it Mushroomed Into Many Unique Products, and The Tea/Coffee Filter Paper Case Study

  3. Networking Break and Coffee

Session III: The Resurgence of Specialty Papers

Moderator: Kelly Helein, Vice President Industrial, TC Transcontinental Packaging

Speakers will discuss growing trends in the specialty papers sector that are revitalizing the industry, and creating new consumer interest. This session will also explore the opportunities for mills to expand their reach to the millennial market. 

  1. A Case Study on Molded Fiber: The ConAgra Bowl

    Co-presented: Footprint & ConAgra Brands

    With Millennial spending habits seeing a swift uptick in takeout and “easy-fix” meals, the increase for fibers that service packaging supply in this arena is providing opportunities for the raw material sector to create user-friendly, sustainable alternatives. This case study will explore the creation and distribution of the Healthy Choice, molded fiber bowl. A packaged dinner that boasts healthy ingredients in an easily recycled packaged. 

    Co presenters: 

    • Jeff Bassett, VP of Marketing, Footprint, LLC
    • David France, ConAgra Brands
  2. From Graphic to Food Contact Paper: Re-Evolution of a Paper Mill

    Markku Hämäläinen | CEO of Kotkamills Oy

    New coating technology and development of fully recyclable dispersion coating chemicals for Barrier packaging grades have been able to help paper industry to meet the growing pressure against plastic waste. Multilayer coating structure is needed to fulfill the required Barrier properties, which leads to a remarkably long Board machine. This was not a problem for Kotkamills Oy, which has enough space in the existing machine hall. An unprofitable paper machine for Coated Mechanical grades was dismantled and a brand new Board Machine started in July 2016 under the project name Flying Eagle. A much afraid challenge of how to transfer a paper machine operator to a board machine operator turned out to be surprisingly easy. High speed cup making machines with tough product requirements and a long and complicated approval process of food packaging Board grades have delayed the market entry by a year, but now the Eagle is flying.

  3. Lunch Break

Session IV: Innovations in Specialty Papers

Moderator: Thomas Rodencal, President, Tom Rodencal & Associates

Travel with us as we explore emerging innovations in specialty papers, as we discuss advancements in solutions for digital print paper and developments in the use of MFC for end market applications

  1. Advancements in the use of MFC for End Use Applications

    Tom Larson | Technology Implementation Manager of FiberLean Technologies Ltd.

    Historically, commercial availability and industrial-scale application of micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) has been restricted by the high energy requirements to successfully convert wood pulp into micro-fibrils and equipment constraints. The high surface area of developed microfibrils provides many interesting properties, namely the increased sites available for hydrogen bonding, which truly utilises the potential of a fibers bonding capability, and thus brings strength enhancements and a densified, closed-structure to the sheet. FiberLean Technologies Ltd. have developed an energy efficient and proven industrially-scaled process which currently supplies papers in the market today with MFC. The entirely mechanical process utilises mineral properties to assist with fibrillation, which lowers the overall energy consumption. The process has flexibility to be used with a wide variety of fiber and mineral types, including recycled sources. The broad experience that FiberLean Technologies Ltd. has on achieving desired MFC properties with a variety of feed fibers, combined with the mineral expertise of FiberLean’s parent companies, Imerys and Omya, means that optimal performance for each specific application can be achieved through utilizing the inherent characteristics of the fiber and mineral type. In this presentation, examples of this are given, and the paper and packaging-based applications of FiberLean MFC/mineral composite products are discussed, including the wet-end coating of the composite suspensions, with a principle focus on the relevance these uses have on specialty paper applications.

  2. Enhancing Adhesion of Liquid Toner Images

    Dr. Daniel F. Varnell | Research Fellow of Solenis

    Electroreprographic digital printing with liquid toner continues to grow in the printing industry. The need for paper and coating additives or treatments to provide good adhesion of ink to substrate remains. Conventional chemical treatments include polyethyleneimine (PEI), which works partly on ionic interaction with the anionic polymer of the ink and poly(ethylene/acrylic acid), which provides a like-adheres-to-like type adhesion as the ink contacts the substrate. These paper treatments experience various limitations from yellowing to fouling of equipment to limited compatibility with other materials such as starches and optical brightening agents.

    Thermodynamics of limited self-association of certain polymers provides a new mechanism of adhesion for liquid toner images to paper and has led to a new type of adhesive surface treatment. The new size press treatment is neutral in charge, applied as a true water solution, is very efficient, and leads to extremely good runnability and versatility.  Near perfect photo image adhesion was obtained with just 0.3% addition level. The nature of the new concept eliminated, incompatibility with all size press additives and all types of starches.

    This presentation also examines effects on toner adhesion of various factors such as calendering, sizing, sheet porosity, starch types, and additives.  Certain additives used with the new surface treatment can further enhance adhesion.

Session V: Trends in Food Packaging

Moderator: Dr. Graham Moore, Consultant, Smithers Pira

End-use brand explores trends in food preparation and packaging, and discuss ways that specialty papers mills can support the food retailing market. This session will close with a panel discussing innovations in grease resistant barriers

  1. Panel: Advancements in Grease Resistant Barriers

    Panelists Include: Omya, Metsa Board Corporation, Stora Enso, Kuraray Europe GmbH

    Moderator: Chris Boothby, Marketing Director, Paper, Imerys

    Discussing advancements and challenges in grease resistant barrier solutions

    • Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya
    • Ken Kumaki, Head of Research & Technical Service, POVAL Resin, Kuraray Europe GmbH
    • Jarkko Tuominen, Business Development Director, Metsä Board Corporation
    • Dustin Schadt, Director, Key Accounts, Stora Enso
  2. Networking Break

Session VI: Sustainability in the Specialty Papers Sector

Moderator: Benjamin Hansen, Senior Product Engineer, Target

  1. Panel: You Can’t Move the Needle by Yourself

    Panelists Include: WWF, Domtar and P&G

    Working with your supply chain to reach your sustainable initiatives.

    • Annika Terrana, Senior Program Director, WWF
    • Paige Goff, Vice President of Sustainability, Domtar
    • Tonia Elrod, Director Family Care Sustainability & Communications, P&G
  2. Environmental Impact and Development with both Paper and Packaging Divisions to Foster better Stewardship of Natural Resources

    Dustin Schadt | Director, Key Accounts of Stora Enso

    For the past several years, Stora Enso has referred to themselves as a Renewable Materials Company.  What does that mean, and why would they use it to define their way of business?  Dustin will give a brief overview of one of the world’s largest producers of forest products, and discuss some of the values that define their mission to be a leader in Sustainable Solutions to the Paper and Carton Board Business Units.  By introducing recent innovations and ongoing development within Stora Enso R&D, Dustin hopes that you will walk away with a new outlook on the possibilities for Renewable Materials in the years to come. 

  3. Closing Remarks for the Day

  4. Networking Reception

Day 2: October 3

Registration & Welcome

Registration Opens & Exhibit Hall 

  1. Registration & Welcome | Exhibit Hall Opens

  2. Welcome & Opening Remarks

    Jena Stout, Conference Producer - Smithers Pira

Session VII: Implications in Collection and Sustainable Barrier Coatings

Moderator: Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya

  1. New Sustainable Paper Barrier Solutions

    Jan Philipp Weihs | Innovation & Technical Marketing Manager Packaging of Omya International AG

    Apart from light weighting effects and very low barrier properties against liquids or gases, paper packaging has many benefits. It is known as sustainable raw material with high stiffness and strength properties in the packaging industry. Since a long time, people are trying to modify paper properties to match market requirements, e.g. adding sizing to achieve proper water resistance.

    With upcoming discussions about regulatory issues, health concerns and limited recyclability, brand owners and the packaging industry itself tries to replace extrusion coated polymer packaging and flour chemical treated packaging papers with other solutions.

    This presentation will show some insights into a newly developed barrier solution concept, by using a sustainable raw material which can be produced at reasonable quantities and costs.

    The interest to use micro- or nano fibrillated materials, raised quite significantly over the last years. Several studies showed the barrier potential of this material against oxygen or oil and grease barrier already. Most of the MFC coatings have only been applied on a laboratory scale so far.

    After successful laboratory trials this concept was proven at the wet-end of a paper machine at a pilot scale to evaluate the continuous application of different MFC grades with coat weights between 7 g/m2 and 15 g/m2 on a 40 g/m2 base paper.  In addition, the effect of calcium carbonate was evaluated by adding a mass fraction of up to 20% to the MFC.

    The results of the pilot trial prove the feasibility of a continuous application of MFC on paper to generate an oil and grease resistant paper.

  2. Metsӓ Board’s Innovative Eco-Barrier Paperboard and Future Steps

    Jarkko Tuominen | Business Development Director of Metsa Board Corporation

    • Rationale behind selecting end-uses and technologies
    • Market sustainability requirements and long term solutions
    • Metsä board barrier roadmap and future steps
  3. Networking Break and Snacks

Session VIII: Innovations in Barrier Coatings

Moderator: Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya

  1. Polyolefin Dispersions for Water Barrier on Paper and Paperboard

    Alan Piwowar, Ph.D. | Associate Research Scientist, Coatings R&D of The Dow Chemical Company, USA

    Currently the most common approach for providing water barrier on paper or paperboard involves laminating or extruding polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) films.  There has been interest in moving away from these traditional barrier solutions in favor of thinner, more easily applied, and more environmentally friendl1y coating options.  A unique coating alternative is to deliver the same polyolefin chemistry to paper and paper board surfaces, but as a waterborne film.  This approach keeps the same water barrier performance of PE and PP, but allows for reduced coat weight demands, more uniform surface coverage, improved repulp, novel formulation options (properties can be tailored to specific needs), inline application during paper manufacturing, and potentially improved environmental impact.  In this presentation waterborne polyolefin dispersions or PODs are discussed, including examples of water barrier performance, heat seal, and repulpability from cold and hot beverage cup applications.  A current assessment of the technology for paper and paper board applications will be discussed in addition to performance metrics of next generation offerings. 

  2. Microencapsulation – An Enabler for Future Coatings

    Presley Neuman | Research and Development Chemist of Encapsys, LLC

    Microencapsulation is a means of forming coated tiny particles or droplets loaded with a solid, a liquid, solid/liquid dispersion, or a gas.  The concept of microencapsulation on a lab scale dates to the 1930’s and on a commercial scale to the early 1950’s.  The first microencapsulation patent was issued in 1955 to Barrett Green and Lowell Schleicher of NCR.  The first commercial application of microcapsules was to produce carbonless paper products, such as two- or multi-ply business forms, to name a few.  In a carbonless system, a colorless dye sensitive to acidic environments is encapsulated so as not to induce premature coloration.  The microcapsules are blended in a coating then deposited onto a paper substrate, referred to as the top sheet.  The top sheet is then married to a receiver sheet pre-coated with an acidic resin.  Upon pressure, such as that generated by the tip of a pen, the microcapsules containing the colorless dye break and the payload is released.  This chain of events creates an instantaneous chemical reaction between the colorless dye and the acidic resin, transforming the colorless dye into a conjugated structure and thus forming a colored image. With this method the information is duplicated or replicated.  This technology displaced carbon paper and truly transformed information processing and has done so for the last 70 years. Microencapsulation has since evolved and has found applications in agrochemicals, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food ingredients, adhesives, and more recently in fragrances, and phase change materials, primarily because of the benefits it can impart to the finished product.  For example, a lot of encapsulation activity in agrochemical applications has been undertaken because of the potential to reduce chemical consumption and frequency of application.  Similarly, in food ingredients, microencapsulation can be used to control flavors.  The benefits provided by this technology are numerous and include the ability to control the release of the payload or trigger its release when needed, such as for example in fragrance applications.  Similarly, in certain applications, the need to protect and prevent the payload from releasing may be critical.  In other situations, incompatibility between materials within a coating can be addressed by encapsulation. All these benefits and mechanisms of release can be customized depending on the application and are controlled by numerous factors, including in part, by the chemistry of the enveloping capsule shell, its particle size distribution, the ratio of core to wall (shell), and so on and so forth.   This presentation will focus on introducing some of the aspects of chemical microencapsulation and discuss through some examples the benefits it can provide as well as its potential as an enabler for coatings of the future.

  3. Lunch Break

Session IX: Lake States TAPPI and Focus on Energy Presents a Conversation on Energy

Moderator: Marc Brink, Chemical Engineering, Focus on Energy

  1. Energy Reduction Implications of Understanding Area Interrelationships

    Tim Hasbargen | Energy Specialist of Focus on Energy

    Recent Wisconsin Focus on Energy Paper Manufacturing Audits have identified the necessity to evaluate the process interrelationships between traditionally defined process functional areas (Utilities-Process Manufacturing-Stock Preparation-Water Supply-Waste Treatment). Few individuals at a mill site are able to view the site as an entire entity. Modifications and design of process water handling, must consider its implication on manufacturing, water supply, waste treatment, and stock preparation. Modification and design of steam and condensate systems must consider the implication on utilities, process consumption, condensate temperatures, venting, and subsequent recovery. Installation of any heat recovery system must consider the implications on the current process and recovery systems, with the evaluation of a percentage of heat recovery. Consideration of these process system interactions is to be undertaken, along with the identification of key measurement strategies are addressed.

  2. Opportunities for Energy Savings with Liquid Ring Vacuum Pumps

    John Neun | Subject Matter Expert-Mill Water System of Focus on Energy

    Most paper mills in the United States use liquid ring pumps to generate vacuum for paper machines. These pumps are very robust and can operate under a wide range of conditions, but have some peculiar and sometimes poorly understood characteristics that present opportunities for energy optimization. Vacuum generation represents one of the largest energy consumers on a machine as well as a significant use of water, and efficient operation of vacuum pumps can have a large impact on paper machine operation. This effort will review methods to evaluate and improve pump efficiency, and some simple schemes to capture some of the waste heat from them

  3. Panel: A conversation on Energy with Local Paper Mills

    Panelists include: Focus Energy, Essity Professional Hygiene and Neenah Paper

    Moderator: Marc Brink, Chemical Engineering, Focus on Energy

    This panel will discuss road blocks in energy conservation for local mills, and how addressing these challenges can ultimately improve your bottom line.

    • Dick Reese, Subject Matter Expert-Papermachine, Focus on Energy
    • John Neun, Subject Matter Expert-Mill Water System, Focus on Energy
    • Tim Hasbargen, Energy Specialist, Focus on Energy
    • Mark Kjorlie PE, Facility Development and Capital Manager, Expera Sepcialty Solutions
    • Jamie Ashley, Essity Professional Hygiene
    • Randy Matcsche, Neenah Paper 
  4. Closing Remarks and Farewell

    Steve Ottone, Technical Service Manager, Omya